Dogsthorpe Star Pit LNR
Designated site name: Dogsthorpe Star Pit LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Type:  Biological
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE Natural England Area Team: West Anglia (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Dogsthorpe Star Pit SSSI
Date of Declaration: 19/03/2004 Declaring Authority: Peterborough City Council
Area (Ha): 36.71 Grid Reference: TF 212 026
Owned By:  Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust Managed By:  Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust
Location: Beside the A47 between Peterborough and Eye. PE6 7YJ
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

By bike and walking from the city centre follow the Green Wheel to and through Eye to Little Wood which is opposite Dogsthorpe Star Pit. Follow Green Wheel across Whitepost Road to the entrance.
Buses from Queensgate to Eye High Street. Get off at Toscanini's Restaurant and walk along Hodney Road to Little Wood, follow Green Wheel across Whitepost Road to the site entrance.
By car via the roundabout on Eye Bypass (A47) into Whitepost Road.
Parking in Hodney Road, first right after a quarter of a mile.
Entrance to Little Wood is off Hodney Road, and to Star Pit is over Whitepost Road via Green Wheel cycle track in the disused Welland Road behind Star Pit.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: A former clay pit with shallow pools which are important for the plants and beetles including brackish and fenland freshwater species. Dry banks of grassland with scrub and trees are good for plants, birds, butterflies and other invertebrates.

13 species of dragonflies and damselflies including the southern hawker. The salt from the underlying soils influences the plants which include large stands of grey clubrush, spiked water milfoil, water mint, marsh speedwell and common reed. Birds include snipe, shoveler, teal, kingfishers and herons. Common frogs and great crested newts are found on site. The drier grassland banks with scrub and trees have yellow-wort, bee orchid, greater burnet saxifrage and other plants. Butterflies include the rare white letter hairstreak as well as bumblebees, hoverflies and grasshoppers. The trees and shrubs are good shelter for birds including green, lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers, greenfinch, long tailed tits, long eared owl, kestrel, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk. Several rare migrants have been seen such as green winged teal.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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